Dry throat can be very disruptive to daily activities. Even speaking it feels like it will feel quite painful and wrong. Don’t be sad if you experience a dry throat. Immediately find out the cause so that you can handle it properly.
Dry throat is often accompanied by itching or pain in the throat. This condition may be a symptom of a throat or mouth disorder. Two conditions associated with dry throat are laryngitis and dry mouth.
Below are two types of diseases that can cause dryness in your throat.
This condition most often causes dry throat accompanied by hoarseness and itching. Laryngitis is an inflammation of the vocal cords that occur due to excessive use of vocal cords or due to infection.
There are two types of laryngitis that are distinguished by the time period of the symptoms. Among other things, long-term laryngitis (chronic) which is generally caused by cigarette smoke, consuming alcohol, allergies, or irritation of stomach acid. And short-term laryngitis (acute) which is generally caused by a viral infection.
The most common symptom is dry and painful throat, voice becomes hoarse, weak, itching that persists continuously, or dry cough.
In order to overcome this condition, usually people with laryngitis will be given drugs such as corticosteroids or antibiotics (if the cause is a bacterial infection) in accordance with the doctor’s advice. In addition you can also do some daily handling such as drinking mineral water, inhaling inhalers containing menthol, gargling with warm salt water, eating mint candy, and eating lozenges (lozenges). It is recommended to avoid smoking and rest your voice.
In addition to laryngitis, dry mouth can also be a cause of dry throat. Dry mouth occurs because the production of enough saliva or saliva is reduced or none at all. And usually occurs in those who experience dehydration, nerve damage in the head or neck area, smoking, taking certain medications, or because of certain diseases.
Symptoms include continuous thirst, dry mouth, dry throat, sores in the corners of the mouth, chapped lips, disturbances in the sense of taste, difficulty chewing, sore throat, and a tongue that feels rough, dry and red.
To overcome the problem of dry mouth you can chew sugar-free gum (low sugar) to increase saliva, drink mineral water, maintain moisture in the bedroom so that the respiratory tract does not dry up, and breathe through the nose not through the mouth.
However, if this method doesn’t work, you can consult a doctor. Usually the doctor will provide treatment tailored to the cause. If due to treatment such as radiotherapy, then you will be given pilocarpine.
If it is caused by taking certain medications, doctors will usually replace medications that cause dry mouth or only reduce the dose. If the dry mouth is caused by a blockage in the nose, the doctor will give decongestants.
Dry throat can indeed make things go wrong. Talk badly, as well as swallowing drinks and food. Immediately find out the cause of the dry throat that you are experiencing, so that you can overcome it in the right way.